LISBON, PORTO, THE DOURO VALLEY, OVIEDO, LA RIOJA, SAN SEBASTIÁN
Delight in the delicious flavors of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine on this 13-day journey from Lisbon to San Sebastián. Enjoy varied regional cuisines and famous wine regions on a culinary journey where we’ll learn to make Portuguese “pastéis de bacalhau”; enjoy Bairrada Leitão, a roast suckling pig; explore the extraordinary world of chocolate and cacao; take in delicious tapas; stop at wineries and learn more about Spanish apple cider! We’ll take in more than just culinary masterpieces as we visit historic cities and take in scenic landscapes and coastlines. Along the way, we’ll also explore Belém, Lisbon’s riverside district, take in beautiful Porto, enjoy a scenic train ride along the Douro River, see the awe-inspiring Spanish Gothic architecture of Burgos’ cathedral, and more! Our journey comes to an end in San Sebastián, home to one of the highest number of Michelin star restaurants per square foot (including three restaurants with three Michelin stars!), some of the best food markets, and to the delicious Basque-style tapas called pintxos!
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- International flight
- 3 nights in Lisbon
- 2 nights in Porto
- 1 night in Douro Valley
- 1 night in Oviedo
- 2 nights in La Rioja
- 2 nights in San Sebastián
- Lisbon City Tour & Belém Riverside District
- Pastéis de bacalhau Cooking Class
- Roast suckling pig lunch at underground wine museum
- Porto Walking Tour
- WOW Chocolate Experience
- Douro River Cruise
- Scenic Douro Valley Train Ride
- Tapas in León, Spain
- Burgos Walking Tour
- Wine Culture Museum with lunch & wine tasting
- Bilbao Walking Tour
- San Sebastián City Tour
- Apple Cider Experience
Max. Group Size: 20 Passengers
- Round-trip flights New York Area (JFK or EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners plus 4 additional tastings
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
Day 1: Depart from the USA
Depart the U.S. today on your overnight flight to Lisbon.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Lisbon on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Lisbon
Welcome to Portugal! We’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon on way to your hotel. Tonight, we’ll gather for a welcome dinner.
Lumen Hotel & Lisbon Light Show or similar | Dinner
Day 3: Lisbon
Today we dive into Belém, Lisbon’s riverside district. We’ll see the 16th-century Monastery of Jeronimos, a prime example of Manueline-style (Portuguese late Gothic) architecture. We’ll check out the iconic Belém Tower where soldiers once watched the Tagus River for incoming invaders. Next, we’ll pass the Monument to the Discoveries, which honors Portugal’s navigators who explored trade opportunities with Asia. We’ll visit Ajuda National Palace, a former Royal residence that continues to be a glamourous backdrop to the ceremonies of the Presidency. We’ll end our day with a cooking lesson in a Lisbon restaurant where we’ll have the chance to make typical Portuguese “pastéis de bacalhau”. We’ll enjoy our lesson with a glass of Portuguese wine and afterward, the balance of your day is at leisure.
Day 4: Lisbon at Leisure
Today is yours to explore intriguing Lisbon independently. Consider a full-day excursion to Sintra with lunch at a winery (see optional tours).
Day 5: Lisbon/Sangalhos/Porto
After breakfast this morning, we head north! We’ll stop in Sangalos for a special experience at the Alianca winery with an exclusive underground museum. Here we’ll enjoy Portugal’s famous Bairrada Leitão, a roast suckling pig, that serves as one of the 7 Gastronomic Wonders of Portugal! After our visit, we’ll continue to Porto with the evening at leisure.
Porto Palácio Hotel & Spa or similar | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Porto
Today’s guided tour starts on foot as we explore the well-preserved historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll walk along the beautiful Avenida dos Aliados, an impressive boulevard in the heart of Porto. We’ll see ornate, architecturally diverse buildings including Porto Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest. We’ll enjoy a 50-minute boat trip on the Douro River, navigating through the riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Next, we’ll participate in a workshop at WOW Porto where we’ll embark on a journey around the extraordinary world of chocolate and cacao. During our visit, we’ll learn more about where cacao comes from and how chocolate is made. The rest of the day is free to explore independently.
Day 7: Porto/Pinhão/Douro Valley
After breakfast today, we’ll board the MiraDouro Train to Pinhão, a train formed by a diesel locomotive and Schindler tourist cars that were produced in the 1940s and then recently restored. We can open the train’s panoramic windows during our scenic train ride along the banks of the Douro River. We’ll disembark at Pinhão’s charming railway station, renowned for the beauty of its azulejos or tiled panels. Here, we’ll enjoy a visit to a traditional farm and winery where we’ll have a delicious dinner before we continue to our hotel by coach.
Vila Galé Collection Douro Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Douro/León/Oviedo
Today we say “adeus” to Portugal as we cross into Spain. We’ll discover León, which was the capital city of the Kingdom of León during the Middle Ages, and a historic enclave on the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela. During our visit, we’ll explore the city’s old town, named the Barrio Húmedo or the “wet district” because it has the city’s biggest concentration of bars, pubs, and taverns. It’s also where we’ll find the city’s best tapas bars and serves as the perfect place to go bar hopping and sample as we go! Afterward, we’ll continue to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias in the north-west region of Spain.
NH Oviedo Principado or similar | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Oviedo/Burgos/La Rioja
Today we visit Burgos, a city still full of medieval splendor. Once the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-León for five centuries, Burgos is home to a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture – the Cathedral of Burgos, a World Heritage site. We’ll take a guided walk through the historic quarter and learn about the varied cuisine.
NH Logroño Herencia Rioja or similar | Breakfast
Day 10: La Rioja
Today we continue our journey into the world of wine with a visit to the Wine Culture Museum located in a La Rioja vineyard. At the museum, we’ll learn more about the history of wine with an explanation of its production methods and cultural significance. We’ll also enjoy a modern lunch paired with local wines.
Day 11: La Rioja/Bilbao/San Sebastián
After breakfast, we’ll depart for Bilbao, a unique city where you can find the avant-garde in every corner including its old town. We’ll walk Bilbao’s streets filled with charming shops and flea markets. Our walking tour takes us to the Artxanda funicular which we’ll ride up Artxanda Mountain, offering an incredible panoramic view of Bilbao. Afterward, we’ll continue to San Sebastián, a city along a white sandy bay between the Urgall and Igueldo hills. This afternoon, consider joining an optional tapas lunch.
Barceló Costa Vasca or similar | Breakfast
Day 12: San Sebastián
Today we’ll take a city tour of San Sebastián, an attractive city filled with fisherman’s port houses and modern districts. Next, we’ll visit a local apple tree orchard that makes apple cider – a drink first made in the north of Spain. The story goes that the land in northern Spain was unsuitable for growing grapes so apples were used to ferment the drink which later earned the title of Cider of the Basque Country. At the cider farm, we’ll learn more about the process and cellars; and then we’ll have a magnificent, traditional Basque farewell lunch as a group.
Day 13: San Sebastián/USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.S. and return home full of wonderful memories of Portugal & Spain.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 13 in San Sebastián.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York Area (JFK or EWR). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure for all trips departing on or before July 31, 2022. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure for all trips departing on or after August 1, 2022. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
- From approx. $99 Per Person
On this optional tour, we’ll visit a local winery and enjoy a tapas lunch. Afterward, we’ll visit a workshop to learn how Queijo de Azeitão is made. During our visit, we’ll learn the story of how the ancient knowledge of cheesemaking has been passed down through the generations and how that story remains with us today.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Sintra Excrsion with Farm Lunch
- From approx. $99 Per Person, lunch included
Venture to the municipality of Sintra where we’ll discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – Pena Palace. With its hilltop vantage point and eclectic architectural styles, this visit is sure to take our breath away. Plus we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local farm.
Note: Pena Palace entrance is subject to availability. If not available, entrance to Sintra’s Royal Palace will be substituted.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Pintxos in Bilbao
- From approx. $79 Per Person
Pintxos are the Basque version of Spanish tapas, miniature bar snacks that come with a variety of tastes and ingredients. On this optional tour, we’ll visit some of the best bars in the old town of Bilbao and enjoy lunch. We’ll be accompanied by a culinary guide who will recommend the pintxos specialty of each bar we stop at and share with us the town’s food and cultural hotspots.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Lumen Hotel & Lisbon Light Show
R. Sousa Martins nº 20, 1050-217 Lisboa, PortugalWebsite
Porto Palácio Hotel & Spa
With elegantly furnished rooms, everything at Porto Palácio Hotel & Spa is meticulously tempered with comfort so that every stay is unique.
Av. da Boavista 1269
4100-130 Porto, Portugal
Vila Galé Collection Douro Hotel
Lugar dos Varais – Cambres, 5100-426 Lamego, PortugalWebsite
NH Oviedo Principado
C. San Francisco, 6, 33003 Oviedo, Asturias, SpainWebsite
NH Logroño Herencia Rioja
C. Marqués de Murrieta, 14, 26005 Logroño, La Rioja, SpainWebsite
Barceló Costa Vasca
Pío Baroja Pasealekua, 15, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, SpainWebsite
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Portugal, Spain)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Portugal, Spain)
Your flights from the U.S. to Portugal and back to the U.S. are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the origin airport at least three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled departure.
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Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Lisbon hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your San Sebastián hotel on Day 13. Please note that land-only travelers forfeit the panoramic tour and wine tasting in Porto on Day 2.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
November through April, daytime highs are typically in the high 50s to low 60s with nighttime lows in the 40s. May through June, and during October, enjoy daytime temperatures that can reach the mid-60s to low 70s with nighttime temperatures dropping to the 50s and low 60s. The warmest time to visit is July through September with daytime temperatures from the mid-70s to the 80s, depending on your altitude and location, and pleasantly cool nighttime temperatures in the high 50s to mid-60s.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices, ranging from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdrawal local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.